New York, New York! So good that if you name a beauty product after it then I want it….

I have a slight obsession with New York. Actually, it’s more America in general, but I do love New York. I have been there a few times when I was living in America for the year and would love to live there, I long to go back with every episode of Sex and the City or Friends that I see, throw in a Xmas film set there and I’m away in a daydream. I have my heart set on going back again at some point in 2010 and will no doubt bring a ridiculous amount of beauty goodies back with me to talk about and tide me over till the next trip.

Anyway, enough about my obsession, back to the world of beauty. I’m not joking with the title of this post. Throw the words ‘New York’ onto a package and I will pretty much guarantee that I will want to try it out. Two prime examples of this are the main bit of this post.

Firstly my recent e.l.f. purchase, the studio minty lip gloss in (yep, you guessed it) ‘New York City’. Yes, I bought this colour basically because of the name. The lip gloss did slightly scare me when I opened the packet as the tube is bright red and a little glittery. I’m not a glitter fan, so I was very lucky to find that when applied the glitter isn’t noticeable. In face, in use I love this gloss. The colour is a gorgeous warm red that is flattering and perfect for someone who is a bit scared of full-on red lipstick as it’s really subtle (pic below).

I really love the minty flavour of this lip gloss. A little too much actually, as so far when I apply this gloss I find it hard to resist licking my lips as it’s really tasty! I like the minty tingle it gives too, I don’t think it has any noticeable ‘plumping’ affect, but it does feel similar to the tingle of plumping glosses.

The second product is Mavala nail polish in New York. A creamy grey polish, recently launched as part of the ‘City Greys’ collection. Including three grey shades, New York is the mid-grey, with a paler grey Berlin and a darker Grey Minsk. In this case, I did like the mid-grey best and the fact that it was called New York just made the decision easier.

This is the first grey I have tried, as I wasn’t sure if grey would look a bit ‘dead’ and washed out on my pale skin. So far though, I like the colour as it truly is a creamy mid-grey. The picture above is of two coats of varnish on top of the Mavala Base Coat plus a slick of Mavala Top Coat. I use these top and base coats with every polish, as they are the best I have found.

So, if there happen to be any beauty marketeers out there reading this a little tip for you. Stick the name ‘New York’ on something and I will buy it.

**The small print**

I bought the e.l.f. gloss with my own money. The Mavala polish was sent to me for review purposes. All reviews are honest and impartial regardless of the source.



  1. Gaby
    November 30, 2009 / 12:52 pm

    That grey nail polish looks nice! I whould try this colour, too.

  2. November 30, 2009 / 9:36 pm

    I really like the grey, I have been trying to figure out if it has any ‘undertones’ so I can describe it a bit more thoroughly, but it really is just a plain creamy mid-grey. Def worth trying the Mavala polishes, especially if you are unsure of the colour as the pots are tiny – perfect for a bit of trial and error.

  3. violet
    November 30, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    awww. i live in NY and i LOVE london! it’s funny because i’m hoping to visit there in 2010 while you’re planning on visiting here, lol. i’d be happy to send you anything you’d like from the states. i like that nailpolish and love your blow, btw. =)

  4. violet
    November 30, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    oh! here’s my blog –

  5. December 3, 2009 / 3:08 pm

    @violet Thanks! Glad you like it. Just checked out your blog and have added it to my google reader list. Good to know there is a contact in NY for beauty supplies! 🙂

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